Games of skill are legal - games of luck are forbidden
As mentioned above, many states allow games of skill but do not allow games of luck.
So what is the difference between a game of skill and a game of luck?
- A game of skill is a game where you, the player, can increase your own chances of success by learning more about the game.
According to this logic, online betting should be considered a game of skill.
The more you know about a particular sport, team, or tournament, the greater your chances of success at online betting.
Example: Let's say Team India is playing a test match against the West Indies. You know everything there is to know about the two teams, as well as the pitch, the conditions, their form, etc.
Having this knowledge, your chance of placing a correct bet on the outcome of the match is much greater than someone with zero knowledge about the game of cricket and the two teams, right?
Therefore, online betting is clearly a game of skill, and as such, is considered legal in many Indian states.
- On the other hand, a game of luck is a game where you, the player, have zero impact on the outcome of the game.
An example of a game of luck is roulette.
No matter how much you study the game of roulette, your chances of success will always remain fixed.
Once the little ball has been cast into the roulette wheel, it could land anywhere. And your bet is as good as mine.